BOC approves commercial developments

COVINGTON - The Board of Commissioners approved two large commercial developments Tuesday night.

Resource Piedmont Inc. was granted a rezoning to develop an 80,800-square-foot general commercial/office/retail complex on 10.27 acres at 885 and 905 Almon Road. The conceptual plan provided to the Planning and Development Department shows eight buildings at full build-out.

The rezoning from high-density single family residential to general commercial was conditioned upon the applicants providing a traffic study showing average daily traffic and trip distribution to determine if a left turn lane into the development is needed.

In addition, a 35-foot undisturbed buffer will be required on each side of the stream on the east side of property and a 75-foot undisturbed transitional buffer along the eastern property line.

The board also approved a 12,000-square-foot commercial and retail space development, plus a 5,000-square-foot restaurant, at 5696 and 5730 Ga. Highway 20 S. and Oak Hill Road.

The 4.8 acre site was rezoned from medium-density single-family residential and neighborhood commercial to highway commercial, at the request of applicants James A. Wilson and Harold J. Ayers.

The board will require that the development have inter-parcel access with an existing commercial development to the south and to the north, if that property is ever developed commercially.

Newton County Senior Planner Scott Sirotkin said no prospective tenants have been identified for either development at this time.

Attorney Jim Alexander, who represented both petitions, could not be reached for comment.

Finally, the board tabled a request by Geoff Griffith to operate a commercial tree service and tree cultivation facility including a plant nursery on an 8-acre tract fronting Marble Drive. The property is currently zoned industrial and is undeveloped. At the time the property was rezoned in 2002, commissioners included a condition that it only be used for the requested purpose of an auto wrecker service. Griffith is requesting that condition be removed.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.